Christmas Lantern Festival set to light up Beeston

The 2022 Lantern Festival returns on Friday 9 December and this year takes place at four locations across Beeston.

The event will start with three smaller local gatherings at St Luke’s Church, St Mary’s Church and Rowland Road Social Club. The theme for the whole event will be the ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ with each of these locations being the starting point of a journey for characters – Mary and Joseph, The Shepherds and the Wise men.

From 4:15pm each venue will host live music, serve light refreshments (mince pies, biscuits, tea/coffee) a Lantern making craft activity, lights and animals – including donkeys, goats and alpacas (we couldn’t get camels!). There will also be part of the Nativity story being told/performed.

From 5pm everyone is invited to join a parade as we walk together, led by the characters and their animals, to a larger event at Cross Flatts Park. In the park there will be lots of lights, food, performances of the Christmas story, a children’s choir and a Carol Service with the Salvation Army Band. The event will finish at 6:30pm.

As ever we would love people from all corners of our community to come together to celebrate Christmas in this way. Please join us and share with your family, friends and neighbours.

You can find more information on Facebook @LanternFestivalLS11


This post was written by Ben Hutchinson

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